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GP Week : Issue 24
125: Like father, like son THE last time a German rider won at Brno was in 1991, in the 250 class. His name was Helmut Bradl. Seventeen years later, his son Stefan repeated the feat. He was one year old when his father took that win. The 18-year-old had prevailed over what had earlier been a 10-bike battle for the lead. Bradl (Grizzly Gas Aprilia) led for the first time on lap three, ceded it two laps later to Mike di Meglio (Ajo Derbi), then took over once more to 34 hold it to the end. “It’s fantastic to be a family with father and son winning GPs,”the emotional teenager said later, adding: “I made a gap and controlled it, but the last five laps were very difficult.” He was under severe pressure until just after half distance. It was then that he started to move away for a lead of almost 1.5 seconds on lap 14. At that point, Nico Terol (Jack & Jones Aprilia) was second, ahead of defender Gabor Talmacsi (Bancaja Aprilia). Joan Olive (Belson Derbi) had come through from a slow start into the mix; di Meglio was still there, plus Sandro Cortese (Emmi-Caffe Latte Aprilia) and Bradley Smith (Polaris World Aprilia) were all packed up close. As they battled back forth they slowed each other enough to help Bradl’s escape. By the finish, Terol, Smith and Cortese had dropped back slightly for fifth, sixth and seventh; di Meglio had got away ahead to close to within a second of Bradl for a valuable second. Third was disputed to the very last, with Olive managing to hold Talmacsi at bay over the line by five hundredths of a second. It was a big disappointment to an army of Talmacsi fans from over the border in Hungary. Di Meglio stretched his title lead over Simone Corsi – tenth today – to 186 points to 142. Bradl moves to third on 126, then Talmacsi (122) and Olive (110).